BJP MLA suggests drive against overstaying foreign nationals

State BJP president G. Kishan Reddy received a letter on Saturday threatening another attack in the city soon.

Mr. Reddy told mediapersons here on Sunday that the post card sent in the name of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) stated that their next target would be Begum Bazar. “I immediately went to Abids police station and lodged a complaint,” he said. Irrespective of the genuineness of the threat it is important for the government to keep its intelligence network on its toes to gather information about anti-national, particularly terror elements, and prevent recurrence of such attacks, the BJP leader said.

‘Hike ex gratia’

He suggested that the State government take up a drive on war-footing to identify foreign nationals, particularly those belonging to Pakistan, Bangladesh, Burma, Somalia and other African countries, with lapsed visas and passports, and deport them immediately.

Mr. Kishan Reddy demanded the government to increase ex gratia for those killed in the twin blasts, provide jobs to their family members and allot flats under the Rajiv Swagruha scheme if they do not have houses of their own. He criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for not talking to family members of the victims during his visit. Criticising the Centre for washing off its hands by merely forwarding the terror threat alert to the State government, the BJP leader said it was the responsibility of the Centre to see whether the States were taking necessary action on such alerts. A mere postman’s job would not serve any purpose on such issues as they were linked to national security, he said.

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